sundog

[ suhn-dawg, -dog ]
/ ˈsʌnˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg /
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noun

a small or incomplete rainbow.

Nearby words

  1. sundays,
  2. sunder,
  3. sunderland,
  4. sundew,
  5. sundial,
  6. sundown,
  7. sundowner,
  8. sundress,
  9. sundries,
  10. sundrops

Origin of sundog

First recorded in 1625–35; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for sundog

sundog

/ (ˈsʌnˌdɒɡ) /

noun

another word for parhelion
a small rainbow or halo near the horizon
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Word Origin and History for sundog

sundog

n.

"mock sun, parhelion," 1650s, of obscure origin.

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